Chuck Berry, rock pioneer, dead at 90

The death of legendary rocker Chuck Berry, aged 90, drew emotional tributes from fellow musicians and other celebrities who praised him as a rock "n" roll trailblazer.

Last year, he announced he would be releasing his first album in almost four decades.

Known for chart-toppers such as "Johnny B Goode", "Roll Over Beethoven", and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", Berry's career rocketed in the 1950s after signing a record deal with Chess Records at the behest of musician Muddy Waters, according to Rolling Stone.

Filmmaker Taylor Hackford has remembered Chuck Berry as the "greatest creative force" in rock "n" roll, although the late legend was also the "most difficult" movie star he has ever worked with.

Officers responded to Berry's home outside St. Louis on Saturday afternoon and found him unconscious, the St. Charles County police said on Facebook.

"Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques", the police department said. "The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this hard time".

The "Johnny B. Goode" musician recorded the project in his native St. Louis with his longtime backing group, which includes his children Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid Berry. Rock and roll as we know it would not exist without him.

The band also offered the following words: "The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry".

Just let me hear some of that rock "n" roll music any old way you use it I am playing I'm talking about you.

Bruce Springsteen, who played with Berry on several occasions, said that the loss of Berry was tremendous.

Keith Richards famously said he lifted all of Berry's licks.

Record producer Randy Jackson posted on Twitter: "To the greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time RIP Chuck Berry". This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain't bad for rock and roll.

Berry was the first artist in the inaugural 1986 class to go into the rock hall, and he closed out its concert in 1995 to celebrate the building's opening in Cleveland. But within a few years, he shared the credit with Berry at Berry's music publisher's request.

Chuck was famous for busting out his signature "duck walk" during live shows.

  • Salvatore Jensen